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Softbank says Japan price for iPhone comparable to marked down US price

TECHNOLOGY Softbank, the carrier that won the coveted right to sell the iPhone in Japan, said Monday it will sell for 23,040 yen — comparable to the marked down U.S. price for the hit gadget. (5) [INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE]

DoCoMo to sell waterproof phone

TECHNOLOGY NTT DoCoMo Inc. from today will sell waterproof cellphones that can withstand submersion in water for up to half an hour. (7) [ASAHI]

Tokyo Toy Show offers plenty for the kid in all of us

TECHNOLOGY Why should kids have all the fun? That’s an attitude on display at International Tokyo Toy Show 2008, which kicked off Thursday at Tokyo Big Sight, where people of any age are bound to find something fun to play with. [THE JAPAN TIMES]

Electric car is the future, says Nissan chief

TECHNOLOGY Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Friday he believes environmentally friendly electric cars will dominate the future as automakers join the fight against global warming. (3) [MAINICHI]

Toshiba slashes outlook on chips and HD DVD pullout

TECHNOLOGY Electronics maker Toshiba cut its annual pretax profit outlook by 29 percent on Wednesday, hit by falls in prices of NAND flash memory chips and the cost of pulling out of next-generation DVDs. [REUTERS]

Space Shuttle Endeavour docks at space station to deliver Japan lab

TECHNOLOGY The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday night on a mission to deliver Japanese and other space laboratories. [KYODO]

Shuttle Endeavour set to launch Japan lab to space station

TECHNOLOGY When space shuttle Endeavour launches Tuesday it will carry Japan’s first space lab to the International Space Station, giving the country a prized spot alongside the United States, Russia and Europe. (1) [AFP]

Gov’t to push high-tech ways to reduce CO2

TECHNOLOGY The government and business groups are set to jointly promote the use of 21 revolutionary new technologies, such as an advanced form of solar-power generation and underground storage of carbon dioxide emissions, as part of a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, government sources said Saturday. (1) [YOMIURI]

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Softbank cellphone to turn into ‘robot’ buddy

TECHNOLOGY For those who feel a bit lonely just talking on the phone, Softbank Mobile Corp. is offering a cellphone that turns into a robot buddy ready to chat. (7) [AFP]

Sony, Sharp tie up to produce LCD panels

TECHNOLOGY Sony Corp. said Tuesday it will jointly produce liquid crystal display panels with Sharp Corp. in a bid to oust Samsung Electronics Co. as the leader in the global LCD TV market. [ASAHI]

Govt, private firms to team on Super Hi-Vision

TECHNOLOGY The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will begin a joint project with the private sector to develop technology for next-generation ultra high definition video, it was learned Sunday. [YOMIURI]

Business suit washable in shower to go on sale in Japan

TECHNOLOGY No time to bring your suit to a dry cleaner? Just turn on the shower to wash it at home. [MAINICHI]

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Does Japan Need the iPhone?

TECHNOLOGY The world’s most sophisticated users of wireless technology may be unimpressed by Apple’s high-tech gadget. [BUSINESSWEEK]

Zipping mechanical arms win Japan robot prize

TECHNOLOGY A mechanical arm that picks 120 items a minute from a conveyor belt won Japan’s Robot of the Year award Thursday, defeating a dozen other flashier finalists, including a walking humanoid, a firefighter robot and a transparent torso for simulating surgery. [MAINICHI]

Japanese giants join forces in flat screen TV war

TECHNOLOGY Electric appliance giants Matsushita, Canon and Hitachi will join forces to manufacture liquid crystal panels for flat-screen television sets, industry sources said Wednesday. [MAINICHI]

KDDI, Willcom look to get license nod

TECHNOLOGY The government plans to grant licenses for next-generation high-speed wireless communication services to a joint venture led by KDDI Corp. and personal handy-phone service provider Willcom Inc., sources said Tuesday. [THE JAPAN TIMES]

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Apple plays DoCoMo against Softbank over iPhone

TECHNOLOGY Apple Inc is playing mobile operators NTT DoCoMo Inc and Softbank Corp against one another on selling the iPhone in Japan, where it would vie with some of the world’s most advanced phones. [REUTERS]

Daily mobile Net use time tops 1 hour for youngsters

TECHNOLOGY Junior and senior high school students who surf the Internet or e-mail via cellphones do so for more than one hour per day, highlighting the spread of the Net among youths, according to a government survey released Sunday. [KYODO]

Affordable no-assembly humanoid robot on sale ahead of holidays delivers laughs

TECHNOLOGY Relatively affordable at 31,290 yen (US$280) i-Sobot has 17 motors, can recognize spoken words and be controlled remotely, making the walking, somersaulting, karate-chopping robot as close to a humanoid as toys get. (3) [MAINICHI]

Bio-diesel car unveiled ahead of round-the-world challenge

TECHNOLOGY An eco-friendly car powered by biodiesel oil that is set to be driven around the world was unveiled to the public in Tokyo. [MAINICHI]

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